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Paulina Rubio Biography


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Birth Name: Paulina Rubio Dosamantes
Born: 1971/06/17
Birth Place: Mexico City, Mexico
Years Active: 1981 – present
Genres: Latin Pop, Pop, Dance, Latin Dance, Pop Rock


Paulina Rubio (born Paulina Susana Rubio Rue, June 17, 1971) is a Mexican singer and actress. She began her singing career when she was ten years old under the guidance of Miguel Bosé, debuting in the popular children's pop group Timbiriche.

Rubio recorded 11 albums as part of Timbiriche. While in Timbiriche, Rubio began acting in telenovelas with Televisa. In 1991, Rubio left Timbiriche to focus on a solo career. She moved to Spain and began work on her first album as a solo artist. In 1992, she released her debut album, “La Chica Dorada” under the EMI label. The first single, “Mío,” and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart while reaching #2 in Mexico. “Amor de Mujer,” “Sabor a Miel,” and “Abriendo las Puertas al Amor” were released as the following singles reaching the Top 25 of the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

In 1993, she released her sophomore effort, “24 Kilates,” which peaked at #1 in Mexico. “Nieva, Nieva” was released as the first single which reached #27 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart and became Rubio's first #1 single in Mexico. “El Me Engañó” and “Asunto de Dos” were released in Mexico peaking at #1 and #5 respectively.

In 1995,” El Tiempo Es Oro” was released, featuring the hits “Te Daría Mi Vida” and “Nada de Ti” which peaked at #1 in Mexico while “Hoy Te Deje De Amar” peaked at #9. The theme song and title to the 1994 Mexican film “Bésame En La Boca,” was included on the album, in which she also starred as the lead role.

In 1996, she released her last album under the EMI Latin label, “Planeta Paulina,” which included the hit single “Enamorada” which peaked at #2 in Mexico. “Pobre Niña Rica” was featured as the theme song of the 1995 telenovela in which she also starred, “Pobre Niña Rica.” Rubio also recorded English versions of several songs which did not appear on the album. Some of these songs were released years later on a hits compilation. The first single off the album “Simpre Tuya Desde La Raiz” peaked at #1 in Mexico while “Solo Por Ti” peaked at #7.

EMI declined to release Rubio’s first English crossover album, which was supposed to be the English version of the “Planeta Paulina” album, and a legal ensued with Rubio buying her way out of her contract. She then took a break from recording music.

Rubio’s return to the music scene began in the summer of 1999 when she recorded Richard Daniel Roman's “Vive El Verano,” the theme song to a summer TV show she hosted in Spain. “Vive El Verano” was the first single under her new record contract with Universal.

In 2000 Rubio released her fifth and most successful studio album to date, “Paulina.” “Paulina.” was nominated for three awards at the second annual Latin Grammy Awards for, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Album. It became Rubio's first #1 album on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, as well as the biggest selling Latin album of all 2001. “Paulina” has been certified 4× platinum in Mexico, while being certified 8× platinum in the United States. The album peaked at #156 on the Billboard 200 and was on the chart for more than 2-years. The album’s Top 20 singles included “Lo Haré Por Ti,” the ranchera/hip-hop “El Ultimo Adios,” “Y Yo Sigo Aquí,” and the female empowerment anthem “Yo No Soy Esa Mujer.”

Rubio's presence in the English-language market came in 2002 with the release of “Border Girl.” The album peaked at #5 in Mexico and #14 Spain, and at #9 in Canada. In the US, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was certified gold. The hit single “Don't Say Goodbye” peaked at #41 position on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, while the Spanish version reached #5 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.

Rubio's 2004 album, “Pau-Latina,” proved to be a huge success. “Pau-Latina” became Rubio's second consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. The album peaked at #105 on the Billboard 200. “Pau-Latina” won several awards during the year and was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Pop Female Vocal Album in 2004. In 2005, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Vocal Album. The album's first single, “Te Quise Tanto,” became her biggest single to date, reaching #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart for six non-consecutive weeks. It became Rubio's first #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and peaked at #1 in most Latin American countries.

Rubio released the album “Ananda” in September 2006, which reached the #1 spot in the U.S. and several countries in Latin America. It reached #25 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, and the #1 spot on the Top Latin Albums chart. The first single released from “Ananda” was the rock/pop song “Ni Una Sola Palabra” which was Palina Rubio's third song to top the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and Pop Latin Songs charts. It stayed at #1 on the Hot Latin Songs for four consecutive weeks. The song peaked at #1 in Mexico and Spain as well as in most Latin American countries.

“Gran City Pop” was released in 2009 and debuted at #44 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. It debuted at #2 on the Latin Albums and #1 on the Latin Pop Albums charts. The album's first single “Causa y Efecto” became Rubio's first #1 single on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart since “Ni Una Sola Palabra” in 2006. It was also Rubio's fourth single in her career to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. “Gran City Pop” received a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album.

“Brava!,” Rubio’s tenth studio album, was released in 2011 by Universal Music Latin, and was her second bilingual album. The album's first single “Me Gustas Tanto” debuted at #32 on Billboard's Latin Pop Songs and reached #17.